Microbeads: A Worldwide ban?

Microbeads: A Worldwide ban?

At Outsidethebox Artisan Makeup and Skincare we are proud to confirm we only offer products that are cruelty free. All of our products are only tested on humans- definitely NOT on animals.

Here, cruelty free means cruelty free! It is known that some cosmetic and skincare companies still persist in using inhumane practices, which cause great distress to animals to assess beauty products’ irritation levels. However, the latest widely publicised environmental and ecological danger is the use of Micro Beads in facial scrubs, exfoliators and other beauty and skincare products.


Micro beads are tiny pieces of plastic that end up in the oceans and are swallowed by marine life.

More than 357,000 people signed a petition calling for a UK ban, and environment groups welcomed the news of the ban.

Some Microbeads are visible to the naked eye, but others are as tiny as one micrometre.

Conservationists have warned that they can affect fish growth and persist in the guts of mussels and fish that mistake them for food.

The industry had argued that it was already phasing them out voluntarily, but critics have claimed some companies were exploiting loopholes or dragging their feet on a phase-out.

There are natural alternatives that biodegrade and pose no harm to marine life exist, including jojoba beads, apricot kernels, ground nutshells and salt.

Consumers looking to avoid microbeads in the meantime should avoid products containing polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and nylon.

After the ban on the use of micro beads in the USA, British MP’s have also demanded a Worldwide ban on plastic Microbeads. The Environmental Audit Committee have confirmed that these tiny plastic balls have been found on the ocean beds in Arctic sea ice.

Its a sad fact that using a shower gel that contains these micro beads can result in 100,000 of these plastic articles entering the ocean.


To help keep you looking fresh faced simply take a few drops of our Jojoba and Vitamin E oil in the palm of your hand BUY HERE add either some salt or sugar. Rub this mixture over face and neck avoiding the delicate under eye area. Rinse with tepid, not hot water. Pat dry with a towel and use the Jojoba and Vitamin E oil as a final touch of moisture.


Our Jojoba and Vitamin E oil is rejuvenating, soothing, protecting and it is easily absorbed.

Jojoba oil and Vitamin E product shot
Jojoba mimics Sebum penetrating the skin rapidly, making it wonderful in skin care and it especially comes to life when combined with Outsidethebox Healthy Mineral Makeup, giving a rich skin nourishing blend.
Jojoba is a natural healing oil for inflammation, psoriasis, rosacea and eczema.
Jojoba naturally protects the skin without additives, reflecting some of the sun’s rays giving a natural SPF of 5.
Vitamin E, a substance found naturally in many foods, carries a tremendous benefit for skin cells. Through its antioxidant properties, Vitamin E can help fight the signs of ageing, protect from sun damage, and even potentially lower skin cancer risks.

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that serves as an antioxidant, protecting the body from damage due to free radicals. Free radicals harm the body on a cellular level, leading to some conditions relating to ageing. This is particularly true of the skin, where free radicals can cause wrinkles, lines and age spots. As a result, Vitamin E can help protect the skin from these common signs of ageing.
As an oil, Vitamin E can also help improve skin hydration. Some evidence points to the use of Vitamin E to speed cellular regeneration on the skin, which can help the healing process for scars and acne.